Civil War History

A scholarly journal covering the period of the United States Civil War from antebellum America through Reconstruction. Articles address a variety of topics in social, cultural, economic, political, and military issues of the time. Academic audiences.

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 1, March

Books Received
Abraham Lincoln the Writer: A Treasury of His Greatest Speeches and Letters. Compiled and edited by Harold Holzer. (Honesdale, Pa.: Boyds Mill Press, 2000. Pp. vii, 106. $15.95.) Cavalry on the Roads to Gettysburg: Kilpatrick at Hanover and Hunterstown....
Exempt from the Ordinary Rules of Life: Researching Postwar Adjustment Problems of Union Veterans
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. declared that "the generation that carried on" the Civil War--his generation--had been "set apart by its experience. Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn...
From the Editor
Historians often argue over whether a particular movement looked backward or forward. This issue of Civil War History features both tendencies, as it offers a freshened face that signals a slightly new phase while taking care to preserve its ties with...
The Beards Were Right: Parties in the North, 1840-1860
Toombs of Georgia: Nine-tenths of the [internal improvements] bills which have been reported, I think are for the [Great] lakes.... Not one of these bills is for the Atlantic coast.... This time the western rivers are left out. I do not think the Ohio...
"The Deadly Influence of Negro Capitalists": Southern Yeomen and Resistance to the Expansion of Slavery in Illinois
On a cold blustery evening in late February 1823, Justice Joseph Phillips, Senator Theophilus W. Smith, and Rev. William Kinney, followed by the majority of the legislature and the "hangers-on and rabble about the seat of government," assembled along...